1.What inspired you to write it?

The chance remark of Professor
Tillotson that every generation writes its own Cinderella story. This, many
years later, connected in my mind to a poem by Jon Silkin about a child born
mentally retarded who died in infancy. My Cinderella character, male, would be
transformed mentally too.

2.What exactly is it about and who
was it written for?

It is about the struggle against
adversity (Arthur handicapped, and Sheila without family) and also about
morality. Characters show different degrees of sensitivity to others. It is for
those who have an interest in Literature and care about society.


3.What do you hope readers will get
out of your book?

I hope enjoyment at the twists of the
plot and getting to know the characters. 

4. How did you decide on the book
title and cover?

The title wrote itself. A Cinderella
story needed only the name of the heroine and a connection to

the hero of this version. The cover
shows a glimpse of the isolation and physical hardship of the


5. What advice or words of wisdom
would you give to fellow writers?

Keep slogging away. Shrug off being
ignored. Perhaps you are one of us poor devils who can’t stop anyway.

6. What trends in the book world do
you see – where do you think publishing is heading?

The cult of celebrity. Anyone
well-known for something different will get plenty of publicity for a book,
regardless of talent.

7.Were there experiences in your
personal life or career that came in handy writing this book?

Yes, a science background helped with
the explanation of the experiment. In the whole of life

observing people makes a large
contribution to writing.


8.How would you describe your writing
style. Which writers or books is your writing similar to?

I want to write as clearly as
possible, economically, and rhythmically. My models are Swift, and

Thackeray. I admire the wit of Wilde.
The gem, reversing the normal saying to;Work is the curse of the drinking
classes' is sublime.


9.What challenges did you overcome in
the writing of this book?

The drive to keep going in spite of
lack of encouragement, also that recently widowed I found life very difficult.
We had been only months in France when Don died suddenly. Actually, at the
wheel of the car that I was a passenger in.


10. If people can buy or read one
book this week, etc., why should it be yours?

They should read it because it’s a
great story, after all it has close links with the iconic fairy-tale. There is
the Cinderella figure, a fairy godmother (Professor Knowle) and the spiteful,
malicious people (ugly sisters and stepmother) like Renkin and Dawkins and the
murderous spies; also, there is Sheila Kent, the Principle Boy with long lovely
legs and, naturally, transformations.

About The
I passed the exam for
grammar school, where I chose a mixture of Arts and Science subjects at
A-level.  When told I had to choose, I chose science, specializing in
Microbiology.  Later, I regretted being so ignorant of my native language,
and returned to read English at Bedford Collage.  After graduating, I
taught English at secondary level and also did a TEFL qualification.  I
had some short stories and articles published in various magazines. I
self-published a book for children, The Wood Scrogs.  Currently The
Messengers (a time travel story for young adults) and a dystopian novel The
Gap, are on sale.


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